There are several steps you will need to be fully committed to once you decide you want gastric bypass surgery . It is important you complete each step and not rush through the process. Your surgeon has carefully outlined these steps as a means to reduce surgical and post-surgery risks, as well as help you succeed and reach your weight loss goals.
Step 1: Become Qualified for Surgery
This step involves scheduling a consultation appointment to determine your body mass index (BMI) to see if it is within the range for bypass surgery. Your surgeon will also want you to attend a seminar or do a one on one consultation, to discuss any health issues you might have, the recommended procedure in details including benefits, alternatives, risks involved, and the preparation phase and tests needed prior to surgery.
Step 2: Review Your Payment Options
Your health insurance may pay a portion of the surgery. You will want to find out ahead of time to know what amount you will be responsible to pay. This is also the time to discuss payment options with your surgeon’s staff and work out an appropriate payment plan.
Step 3: Schedule a Follow-up Consultation
At this visit, your surgeon might offer you a tentative date for your surgery. Prior to the surgery date, you will have some goals to meet, which may include some preliminary weight loss. If you fall short or fail to meet these on time, your surgery might have to be rescheduled.
Step 4: Meet with a Nutritionist
Part of your long-term weight loss objectives will be to change your current dietary habits. Your nutritionist ( we have a dedicated full time dietitian in our office) prescribes a new diet you need to follow both prior to and after your surgery. In addition, you will be asked to start exercising before your surgery, all based on each patient abilities and health condition.
Step 5: Meet Pre-Surgery Weight Loss Goals
In some cases, your surgeon may have recommended you lose a certain amount of weight before you can have bypass surgery. Any weight you are asked to lose shows your surgeon you are committed to losing weight. Plus, you may be required to do so in order to reduce surgical risks.
Step 6: Stop Using Tobacco
If you use tobacco products, your surgeon may require you to stop prior to surgery. Stopping helps reduce surgical risks, as well as improves your overall long-term health and well-being.
Step 7: Schedule and Complete Any Pre-Surgery Tests
You will need to have a variety of lab work completed as well as other medical tests prior to your surgery. Your surgeon may also request you meet with a phycologist or psychiatrist prior to the surgery and post-surgery, as needed.
Step 8: Surgery Day
Once you have completed all the other steps, now it is time for your bypass surgery. Expect to be hospitalized for an average of one to two nights post-surgery.
After surgery, your new life is just beginning. You will have a new diet to follow, along with follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.
If you are considering weight loss surgery and are ready to start the process or have further questions, please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 to schedule a consultation appointment today!
Disclaimer: This above is only for general information. All individuals should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, blog posts, or videos. All people have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.